Aug 302013
 

Five Good Covers presents five cross-genre reinterpretations of an oft-covered song.

Jimi Hendrix was only 27 when he died in 1970. Stop and ponder that for a second. An immense talent whose career was tragically cut short more than four decades ago, Hendrix continues to interest and influence musicians and music lovers, and for good reason. Although Hendrix was primarily a rocker, his music was really a fusion of rock, blues, soul, funk and jazz, and probably some other things, too.

“Little Wing” is a concise masterpiece, lasting less than two and a half minutes in its original studio version, which infuriatingly fades out during a guitar solo. It contains a few unmistakable guitar riffs, with a distinctive tone that Hendrix described as sounding like “jelly bread,” achieved by running the guitar through the Leslie speaker of an organ. The song is intense without being frantic, and at the same time is also ethereal and seductive. It also is very much of its time, with lyrics about “butterflies and zebras, and moonbeams and fairy tales.”
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Aug 302013
 

In terms of giant, anthemic songs that have come out in the last year, few are as in-your-face as Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive.” It’s a giant song with intensely dark undertones that get somewhat lost in the shuffle of the hugeness of the song itself – the electronic sounds, power vocals and action-movie beats. Continue reading »

Aug 292013
 

While Grimes and 2 Chainz’s matching pants may not have been the highlight of this years VMAs, Grimes singer Claire Boucher has stayed relevant in the music realm with her hit “Oblivion” still winning new fans. In support of their new record, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, Scottish quartet Franz Ferdinand stopped by French radio station Oui FM for a cover of the adorable singer’s glitchy tune. Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 

Vampire Weekend‘s first single off Vampires of the Modern City, “Diane Young,” is a high-octane, blast-it-with-your-windows-rolled-down sort of song. While visiting Radio One Live Lounge, Scottish band Biffy Clyro still had some fun with the original upbeat tune but still managed to mellow it out in this acoustic cover. Continue reading »

Aug 282013
 

Although the original British series The Office concluded ten years ago, Ricky Gervais’s hard to watch character David Brent is still alive and well. Recently, Gervais has started a guitar tutorial series in the vein of this persona with original songs. “Slough,” a song about David Brent’s hometown, earned itself a hip fan with Toro y Moi. Continue reading »

Aug 272013
 

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

(His strings) were like fucking telephone wires. Just a little bit bigger piece of wood and you’d have a fuckin’ piano. – Robert “Cutter” Brandenburg, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s friend and roadie, on Vaughan’s guitar

He just sort of kicked everyone’s ass and no one seemed to fight back. – Jimmie Vaughan, on his brother outplaying him, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy at his final performance in East Troy, Wisconsin

I’m just asking y’all to take care of yourself so you can be there for the ones that love you and need you the most. And they need you all the time. I know I do. – Stevie Ray Vaughan preaching a little grace to a Denver audience, November 1989


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